In the post-truth era, people today are more skeptical of what is real and what is true. Research says that people are looking inward for their truth. But Jesus said, “I am the truth.” He invites both the disciple and the skeptic to try him and see what the evidence suggests.
In a world where we are over scheduled and pressed at the margins, it seems daunting to think about adding another thing. But loving our neighbors and intentionally engaging with those in our path is not “another thing”. It is an intentional way of life that Jesus models for us in the scriptures. This week we'll take a glimpse of what this kind of intentionality looks in the journey of our friends living in a predominantly Central American neighborhood in Alexandria called Chirilagua.
Crossing cultures can be challenging. We must realize that God's love is for everyone. Acknowledge our own biases, fears, and hurts The Scriptures encourages and equips us to cross cultures using the Love of God
When people think of “church” they don't often think of “party” but that's a recurring theme in the gospels, a recurring theme in the parables of Jesus. From day one, our dream for NCC has been that when people miss church they actually miss church. Why? Because that's where the party is at. Throwing better parties is part and parcel of following Jesus.
The first four letters of every testimony is “test”. Once you pass the test, you get a testimony. And once you get it, you need to use it. Why? Because it's not “your” testimony. God is writing His story through your life! Your testimony is your gift to the world.
Jesus summation of the Old Testament law was to love God and love your neighbor. It's sounds like a simple task. But Jesus unpacks the complexity of the truth of what it means to authentically love those around you. And he also redefines our definition of a neighbor. And he challenges us to neighbor in a way that crosses lines, inconveniences our schedules, and forces us to step into the awkward spaces. He does all of this in one parable known as "The Good Samaritan." Join us as we walk...
Sometimes we are waiting on God when God is actually waiting on us. We communicate to God that we are ready to co-labor with him through consecration. Consecration is an act of Obedience and Love towards God.
Most of us get stuck spiritually because we're waiting for God to make a move while God is waiting for us to make a move. Quit watching the clouds and start seeding them. Delayed obedience is disobedience!
When Jesus asked his disciples, “who do you say that I am,” he was gauging to see whether they had the right interpretation. Many people have become angry at the church or walked away completely because Jesus' followers have the wrong interpretation. So the question is, do you have a true interpretation and from where did it come?
If you have a problem with the God of the Bible, it's probably because of something He did in the Old Testament. Talking snakes, natural disasters, ancient moral codes, divine violence, sanctioned genocide . . . what does it tell us about God and what does it have to do with us? This weekend, we will confront the God of the Old Testament and explore best practices for engaging the text of Scripture.
Assumptions, associations, and misconceptions all tear down our faith in God. The problem is that they are rooted in untruth and so we walk away from a god that doesn’t actually exist. The goal of today’s message is not to push you to a next level faith, it’s not to convince anyone to believe in God, the goal is to weed through the misconceptions and identify the counterfeit gods in our thought process. Those ideas that we learned as a kid but never gained a great understanding or, those...
In the beginning, God created humankind in His image. We have been creating God in our image ever since. But what you end up with is a god who looks a lot like us! That’s the God we’re dismantling in this series so we can discover the true God, the God of the Bible. And that God might surprise you.